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(NASA)   The best picture you'll see from the surface of Mars until Curiosity sends back another one. It is, perhaps, the best so far   (nasa.gov) divider line 108
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2012-08-27 11:47:11 PM
I think I'm going to have to make some tough choices when it comes to desktop backgrounds in the near future.

Keep it up, NASA!
 
2012-08-27 11:51:20 PM

miss diminutive: I think I'm going to have to make some tough choices when it comes to desktop backgrounds in the near future.

Keep it up, NASA!

 
2012-08-27 11:57:35 PM
I think I see that Gorn dude in the background.
 
2012-08-27 11:58:40 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-28 12:02:54 AM
That. Is. Breathtaking.

Just breathtaking.
 
2012-08-28 12:08:43 AM
These are great backgrounds as well as nice potential PS/GIMP fodder.
Years from now these unmanned rovers are going to look as simple as as the first Wright Flyer does now, and no doubt sit in a museum somewhere on Mars. Which will probably be right next to a Walmart.
 
2012-08-28 12:36:27 AM
Mars is a place. We should go there.
 
2012-08-28 12:37:14 AM
wow that is supercool. Does Curiousity have a microphone? It would be a shame to miss it if all the rocks were talking.
 
2012-08-28 12:46:13 AM

Confabulat: wow that is supercool. Does Curiousity have a microphone? It would be a shame to miss it if all the rocks were talking.


One of the flight engineers for Curiousity did an AMA on Reddit and said that Spirit or Opportunity had a microphone, but it only picked up white noise.
 
2012-08-28 12:50:07 AM

DrySocket: it only picked up white noise.


Just like the engine noise of the Enterprise! Proof of a higher intellect at work.
 
2012-08-28 01:16:18 AM
This gives me chills.. I know that it this is an image being beamed back from a robot on another planet, but something about it is strangely familiar. Earthly and alien at the same time. Amazing. I wonder what kind of distance it is from the rover's current location to the rock they use as a scale reference.
 
2012-08-28 01:20:34 AM

GleeUnit: This gives me chills.. I know that it this is an image being beamed back from a robot on another planet, but something about it is strangely familiar. Earthly and alien at the same time. Amazing. I wonder what kind of distance it is from the rover's current location to the rock they use as a scale reference.


Grrrr. Funny you should ask, because I submitted the entire gallery and it was redlit....

i.space.com
 
2012-08-28 02:59:42 AM
So could we see it roaming "live" via that NASA eyes on the sky simulator?
 
2012-08-28 03:09:50 AM
I like the version that hasn't been corrected for Earth lighting better. That's more like the Mars I know.
 
2012-08-28 03:45:47 AM
weknowmemes.com
 
2012-08-28 03:52:12 AM
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net

Yep.
 
2012-08-28 04:25:13 AM
That is flippin' gorgeous, and somehow familiar. It sort of reminds me of 70s era Dr Who -- all the location shooting they used to do in quarries.
 
2012-08-28 04:49:29 AM
I'm speechless
 
2012-08-28 05:00:50 AM

GleeUnit: Earthly and alien at the same time.


Xanadone: That is flippin' gorgeous, and somehow familiar.


Oh for Fark's sake, RTFA "Scientists enhanced the color in one version to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth". It looks like earth because they shopped that version to look like Earth. See the original here :  Link 

/still stunning
//like the original better, It looks like an alien planet
 
2012-08-28 05:04:48 AM
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Moar please.
 
2012-08-28 05:04:52 AM
miss diminutive:

Totally off topic, but I'm curious, why did you remove all your profile pictures? Too many creeps, or you get a cyber stalker or something?
 
2012-08-28 05:49:28 AM
We are in for some serious treats over the coming months/years. Modern technology finally meets other planets.
 
2012-08-28 06:05:52 AM

BigBooper: Oh for Fark's sake, RTFA "Scientists enhanced the color in one version to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth". It looks like earth because they shopped that version to look like Earth. See the original here : Link

/still stunning
//like the original better, It looks like an alien planet


Yeah, I don't understand why they do that -- everyone knows it's an alien planet, why not just show the original color? I get that they often need to do "false color" images because the camera sensors don't take photos in the same way that people expect, but actively tweaking photos like that? It just seems silly.
 
2012-08-28 06:07:06 AM

DrySocket: Confabulat: wow that is supercool. Does Curiousity have a microphone? It would be a shame to miss it if all the rocks were talking.

One of the flight engineers for Curiousity did an AMA on Reddit and said that Spirit or Opportunity had a microphone, but it only picked up white noise.


Just what they want us to believe.
 
2012-08-28 06:19:15 AM
HOLY FARK THAT'S ANOTHER PLANET.
 
2012-08-28 07:04:12 AM
Do I see stratigraphy in the picture? There appears to be layering.
 
2012-08-28 07:07:57 AM

AnkhX10.0: HOLY FARK THAT'S ANOTHER PLANET.


The original non shopped version is now my desktop

/until the next one comes out
 
2012-08-28 07:09:39 AM
A beginning is a very delicate time...
 
2012-08-28 07:13:48 AM

MyEnamine: Do I see stratigraphy in the picture? There appears to be layering.


<snarkmode>You mean to say that you see layering in a photo with the title 'Layers at the base of Mount Sharp'? Looks like we got ourselves a bonafide geologist here, people.</snarkmode>
 
2012-08-28 07:35:15 AM
Oh boy, a picture of dirt and rocks!! No way we could take a picture like that here on earth. I am so glad we spent the eleventy godzillion dollars it took to get us that picture of dirt.

Well done, scientists! Bravo!

zeldalily.com
 
2012-08-28 07:46:29 AM

SevenizGud: Oh boy, a picture of dirt and rocks!! No way we could take a picture like that here on earth. I am so glad we spent the eleventy godzillion dollars it took to get us that picture of dirt.


Yeah, tell it brother! Because, y'know, the money we spent actually left the Earth as well. It's not like it went to domestic workers who do things like manufacture very specialized products. No, there's actually a pallet of cash inside Curiosity.
 
2012-08-28 07:51:25 AM

Gonz: Yeah, tell it brother! Because, y'know, the money we spent actually left the Earth as well. It's not like it went to domestic workers who do things like manufacture very specialized products. No, there's actually a pallet of cash inside Curiosity.


Yeah, because nothing says efficient use of limited resources like accelerating a large mass to escape velocity. Nosirreebob, no waste there at all.

I am sure the 1800 children that will die this month in Nicaragua and Honduras of diarrhea due to contaminated water that could be treated for 80 cents will be much happier with this picture.
 
2012-08-28 07:51:53 AM

Demetrius: I think I see that Gorn dude in the background.


Hah. The fight music from that episode went thru my head immediately as soon as I saw the photo.
 
2012-08-28 07:52:19 AM

Demetrius: I think I see that Gorn dude in the background.


If you squint, you can see a forlorn and lost R2 unit.

/Just watched TOS "Arena" the other day
 
2012-08-28 08:04:56 AM
Nice pics, cannot wait for more

/and to the trolls, you need to try harder. Regurgitating the same lines over and over gets a bit old, you need new material
 
2012-08-28 08:22:15 AM

DrySocket: Confabulat: wow that is supercool. Does Curiousity have a microphone? It would be a shame to miss it if all the rocks were talking.

One of the flight engineers for Curiousity did an AMA on Reddit and said that Spirit or Opportunity had a microphone, but it only picked up white noise.


18 hours of static?

/obscure?
 
2012-08-28 08:25:29 AM

SevenizGud: Gonz: Yeah, tell it brother! Because, y'know, the money we spent actually left the Earth as well. It's not like it went to domestic workers who do things like manufacture very specialized products. No, there's actually a pallet of cash inside Curiosity.

Yeah, because nothing says efficient use of limited resources like accelerating a large mass to escape velocity. Nosirreebob, no waste there at all.

I am sure the 1800 children that will die this month in Nicaragua and Honduras of diarrhea due to contaminated water that could be treated for 80 cents will be much happier with this picture.


You're being a troll, but here's an answer anyway:

Actually, the money spent on NASA has nothing to do with the misery these people are going through. We didn't take their money and used it on NASA.
You should complain about the Defense expenditure that is at least 100 times EVERY YEAR what NASA spent on this mission.
You should complain about the ultrarich, like the Koch Brothers, who exploit and rape the world for the only reason to have more money.
You should complain about the iPhone/Mac culture, where people spend a lot of extra money just for brand allegiance.
You should complain about the third world manufacturing of products sold in the first world, which exploits them by paying minuscule salaries.
You should complain about the mineral exploitation (like the deBeers and others) in Africa, which fosters conflicts and props up local warlords just so the companies can get access to the resources for a cheap price.
You should complain about the exploitation of resources in (by Monsanto, Gulf+Western, etc) in Latin America, which cripples economies and backs dictators so corporations can get the right to rape the land freely.
You should complain about the wasteland that places like Bophal, India become after corporations like Union Carbide use as little security measures as they can and the whole thing melts down.

NASA is the BEST and BRIGHTEST face of the American nation to the world. If America has ever done a single good thing in history, it's the creation and development of NASA. The advancement of science and technology and well-being humanity has gotten out of it is IMMENSE.

So SHUT THE FARK UP about this money being wasted when it's probably one of the BEST ways to invest the money we produce.
 
2012-08-28 08:28:44 AM
Even the non-altered picture looks a bit like where I grew up. Except there's no rusty cars, old tires, or empty shotgun shells.
 
2012-08-28 08:30:31 AM
I still have an issue fully grasping that we are looking at another planet. It is such a simple concept. "Hey we are on another planet!" but it is also something incredibly hard to fully comprehend. "Hey, we have a rover on a planet where no human has ever stepped. It is millions of miles away and and barely a dot in our sky, and yet, it looks so familiar, like it could be in nevada!"
hey, wait a second.... are they faking the trip to mars too?
 
2012-08-28 08:31:28 AM

MyEnamine: Do I see stratigraphy in the picture? There appears to be layering.


Seems pretty obvious to me that Mars used to be teeming with water.
 
2012-08-28 08:38:16 AM

djscram: Even the non-altered picture looks a bit like where I grew up. Except there's no rusty cars, old tires, or empty shotgun shells.


Your slobs are nicer than my slobs, then - where are the empty cans of cheap, crappy beer?
 
2012-08-28 08:41:16 AM
where are the 3 dots that looked like UFOs from the previous pictures? I was told they were camera imperfections and therefore expect to see them in every picture from now on.
 
2012-08-28 08:41:17 AM

SevenizGud: Gonz: Yeah, tell it brother! Because, y'know, the money we spent actually left the Earth as well. It's not like it went to domestic workers who do things like manufacture very specialized products. No, there's actually a pallet of cash inside Curiosity.

Yeah, because nothing says efficient use of limited resources like accelerating a large mass to escape velocity. Nosirreebob, no waste there at all.

I am sure the 1800 children that will die this month in Nicaragua and Honduras of diarrhea due to contaminated water that could be treated for 80 cents will be much happier with this picture.


Or we could not go to the movies for a month.
 
2012-08-28 08:46:17 AM

SevenizGud:

Yeah, because nothing says efficient use of limited resources like accelerating a large mass to escape velocity. Nosirreebob, no waste there at all.

I am sure the 1800 children that will die this month in Nicaragua and Honduras of diarrhea due to contaminated water that could be treated for 80 cents will be much happier with this picture.


fark em! They don't have a space program. We do.
 
2012-08-28 08:47:07 AM
I don't know why people complain about the pic being "photoshopped."

The "original" is just what the camera caught, not what you would see if you were in Mars. Unless you think you can capture the same thing a camera does on Earth.

Also, the color, if you're on Mars you'll see everything like the photoshopped version because the human eye white balances after a while. What we see is NOT reality, but what our brain interprets it to, due to a process of light entering the retina, hitting the rod sensors (which only capture a fraction of the actual light), transmitting that info through the optical nerve and then the brain processing it. If you think what you see is what it is, oh boy, you're oh so wrong.
 
2012-08-28 08:50:01 AM

SevenizGud: Gonz: Yeah, tell it brother! Because, y'know, the money we spent actually left the Earth as well. It's not like it went to domestic workers who do things like manufacture very specialized products. No, there's actually a pallet of cash inside Curiosity.

Yeah, because nothing says efficient use of limited resources like accelerating a large mass to escape velocity. Nosirreebob, no waste there at all.

I am sure the 1800 children that will die this month in Nicaragua and Honduras of diarrhea due to contaminated water that could be treated for 80 cents will be much happier with this picture.


Yes. No one should ever spend any money ever unless it's for these children. Rent money? How dare you. Do you know how many people that would feed? I know the cost of the curiosity rover is less than 5% of what we spend on foreign aid but that is not the point. The point is that SevenizGud is a better person than the rest of us and he'll be damned if the rest of us don't know it.
 
2012-08-28 09:18:18 AM

SevenizGud: Oh boy, a picture of dirt and rocks!! No way we could take a picture like that here on earth. I am so glad we spent the eleventy godzillion dollars it took to get us that picture of dirt.

Well done, scientists! Bravo!

[zeldalily.com image 450x297]


Yet here you are, wasting time and resources on fark that could have been spent feeding hungry children ...
 
2012-08-28 09:21:56 AM

SevenizGud: Oh boy, a picture of dirt and rocks!! No way we could take a picture like that here on earth. I am so glad we spent the eleventy godzillion dollars it took to get us that picture of dirt.

Well done, scientists! Bravo!

[zeldalily.com image 450x297]


Isn't that what churches are for?
 
2012-08-28 09:24:27 AM
i560.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-28 09:32:29 AM

rocky_howard: I don't know why people complain about the pic being "photoshopped."

The "original" is just what the camera caught, not what you would see if you were in Mars. Unless you think you can capture the same thing a camera does on Earth.

Also, the color, if you're on Mars you'll see everything like the photoshopped version because the human eye white balances after a while. What we see is NOT reality, but what our brain interprets it to, due to a process of light entering the retina, hitting the rod sensors (which only capture a fraction of the actual light), transmitting that info through the optical nerve and then the brain processing it. If you think what you see is what it is, oh boy, you're oh so wrong.


The original is basically what you would see if you were on Mars. The photoshopped one is what you'd see if it was on earth so you can get over the strangeness and focus easily on getting science done. How many times does this have to be explained?
 
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